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WEEK 35 2010

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Saturday 4 September 2010
Saturday - after a number of delays due to various final cleanup and yard work chores I got on the road at about two. Somewhere between fifty and sixty hours of hard work this trip.

I had hoped to stop by and see my sister down in Niles, but called and let her know that it was just too late. As it was, traveling the I-5 at 55mph, I didn't get home until 9:30pm. A long day.

And of course the neighbor's were having a party. A huge party, not a parking spot left for a block in any direction. I had to put on my emergency flashers, disconnect the trailer in the street, and hand roll it up into my driveway, then park the Explorer in the driveway as well.

Then I slept on the family room couch, because there was too much noise to sleep in the master bedroom.

Friday 3 September 2010
Friday - while it was still reasonably cool in the morning put the landscape blocks into place. This was just a temporary set-up, to see how they'd look. They look OK, and are in fact rather hard to see from the street, but they allow leveling of the top tier of earth. For the final go-around I'll need to probably go down one tier, and possibly up another, for a total of five levels, dwindling to perhaps two or three at the uphill end. Then perhaps bricks or pavers, something low maintenance.

Afterwards I painted the walls in the master bedroom. Even with the window open wide this was kind of a smelly job, but it went reasonably fast. The paint is almost the viscosity of water - not like latex - and tends to spatter everywhere. Particularly upon the painter. I didn't do the ceiling - there were one or two cracks big enough to require caulking, and I hadn't gotten to that yet. And, in fact, I had just enough paint to finish the walls - emptying two partial cans and two full cans of paint between the den and the master. in the two days.

Thursday 2 September 2010

Thursday - I cleaned up a bit in the master bedroom, after removing the ceiling coating, vacuuming and tossing the tarps with the old plaster on them. Then I pre-primed the corners with the Bin Zinsser paint.


While I was at it I also painted the closet in the den.

This was a dark and rather gross alcove, still mostly painted in the lime green (probably lead based) paint applied in 1923 - it was flaking off and there didn't seem to be anything more than plaster under it. Even with the a/c running and a fan blowing the experience of applying oil based paint in a small room is pretty horrible - it's a matter of holding one's breath, putting on about a rollers worth of paint, then running into the next room to get a lung full of fresh air. And since it was old, dry, porous and dark paint it took nearly 3/4's of a gallon of paint to cover reasonably!

My brother had a real estate agent come by and look at the place. After looking at it she said, due to the various issues, that it would be impossible for a buyer to get a FHA or VA loan on the place, and probably impossible to get a conventional loan. This corresponds to my own recent experiences in the home buying area - the lenders and mortgage companies are running scared and have really really tightened up the process. My brother's won't like it, but it's the way it is.

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Wednesday - We tarred the joints where the new and old shingles butt up against each other. Again, just a temporary fix, until we put the new roof and flashing on.


I brought up the bricks from the trailer. For some reason no-one wanted to help. Thirty landscaping blocks at 16 pounds each - 480 pounds, about a quarter ton of masonry. Fortunately it was a cool morning, and I was just carrying them up to the front yard, not the back.

My brother left for Palmdale at noon - he has a dentist appointment on Thursday.

Just carrying on, cleaning and painting. The big task was to get the old acoustic ceiling off in the master bedroom, a dirty and tiring job I've been avoiding. This took until midnight.

The ceiling, 1/3rd removed
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Tuesday - working away at things. My brother and I got the shingles on over the repaired sections of roof. To the extent possible we slipped the new felt under the old, but this is only a temporary fix until we put an entirely new roof over the old. The new shingles, in fact, are just a shim, to make the roof level for the next (complete) layer of shingles.

Monday 30 August 2010

Monday - working on the roof still.


Sunday 29 August_2010

Sunday - working on the roof with my brothers. There is a patch with a lot of damage where an acacia tree overhung - and branches struck - the roof. Water got in, and there is considerable dry rot. Also the north facing eaves in back were in pretty bad shape - they had no flashing so we had to cut off the fascia and a few inches of the eave boards to get to good wood. And replace an entire piece of rotted plywood.

It's warm, up on the roof, but not horrific. We timed it just right it seems.

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AV Fair 2010, from top of the Ferris Wheel

Photo Notes: The AV Fair 2010, after sunset but not fully dark.

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